Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Federation of the Hub Self-Maintaining Science Fiction Universe - James H. Schmitz

First published in Science Fiction Review (Franson/Sandin) Number 41, November 1965

"The Hub begins to take form

Early in 1961 I was made aware that the Federation of the Hub had acquired a fragmentary but definite form in my imagination. Previously, over a period of nine years, I had done four stories — three novelets and a novel — which employed the Hub as background. In the novelets it had been given only nominal attention. The human characters of the series had to be members of some civilization, and "the Hub" or "the Federation of the Hub", vaguely located near the center of the Milky Way, was a handy label. The stories themselves were played out on remote worlds barely touched by the Hub's culture, so there was no need to go into that in any detail. Nevertheless, a number of statements about it were made; various further thoughts occurred. An early, very sketchy outline of the Hub had come into existence."

4.5 out of 5